The usage and production of these cars has become a leading industry in almost every area of the world. The world’s car stock exceeded 80 million after the Second World War, then more than 90 million in 1960. Five years later this number was 130 million, 291 million in 1980, 419 million in 1990, and 731 million in 2011. According to the forecasts, it will reach two billion by 2020 .
Over the years and centuries, this industry has gone through enormous development, as the first vehicles were only powered by steam engine, then petrol and diesel came to public mind and currently it seems that the electric propulsion will be the future. Of course, with this development, faster and more useful vehicles can be produced, but in our accelerated world with more and more cars, unfortunately the numbers of accidents have increased. In most cases, these accidents are the fault of the driver; therefore it could be theoretically replaceable with the help of self-propelled cars. Human presence is the most important part in transport at present, although there are many areas where you can use a tool or feature that helps people achieve greater efficiency. Some examples for these features are the autopilot on aircraft, the cruise control in cars, and many other tools that help decision-making.
Autonomous cars are those vehicles which are driven by digital technologies without any human intervention. They are capable of driving and navigating themselves on the roads by sensing the environmental impacts. Their appearance is designed to occupy less space on the road in order to avoid traffic jams and reduce the likelihood of accidents.
Switching to buses and trains has been propagated for decades, mainly for particularly high-volume commuter traffic. Here it is now! Existing transport systems are reaching their capacity limits, particularly in large metropolitan areas with their rapidly increasing number of inhabitants – an evolution that leads to “growing pains” (Richard Lutz, CEO Deutsche Bahn). In view of increased funding through the German Municipal Transport Financing Law (GVFG), many expansion projects are now being driven forward. But it will take quite a few years to plan these additional rail capacities, to weigh the interests of local residents and to build them before they are finally available. And not least because of rising construction prices it is already clear that the financial resources will not be sufficient for the implementation of all planning ideas. Hopes for capacity increases that can be implemented faster are above all concentrated on digitisation: For example, the Stuttgart S-Bahn is expected to increase its capacity by 20 percent thanks to digital control by ETCS. On a similar background, Hamburg is about to present a concept study for the digitisation and automation of the entire S-Bahn network by the middle of 2019, while the automation of a section for pilot operation is already being prepared there. In addition, the planned fully automatic metro line U5 in this city will even allow 90-second headways around the clock if necessary.
Although the progression is gigantic, in 2017, allowed automated cars on public roads are not fully autonomous: each one needs a human driver who notices when it is necessary to take back the control over the vehicle.
InnoTrans is the leading international trade fair for traffic technology, which takes place every two years in Berlin. Divided into the five trade fair segments Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction, InnoTrans occupies all 42 halls of the Berlin exhibition center. The InnoTrans Convention, the top-class supporting program of the event, complements the trade fair.
A unique selling point is the InnoTrans track and outdoor area with 3,500 running track meters, on which everything from tank wagons to high-speed trains is represented.
The bus display introduced in 2016 offers vehicle manufacturers the opportunity to present buses in the static display and on the directly connected demonstration course.
Four days in September, in which the world of rail technology meets for an exchange: The exhibition with 3,062 exhibitors in 42 exhibition halls and on the open-air site is rounded off by a top-class supporting program.
The first of these opened with over 1,000 invited guests from business, politics and media.
This is followed by the dialog forums held as part of the InnoTrans Convention , the exhibitor presentations in Speakers’ Corner and the Executive Tours on the last day of the fair.
The exhibitor and trade visitor structure of InnoTrans is just as extensive as the range of products and services. Trade visitors from 149 countries flocked to Berlin for the latest edition of the industry get-together.
The trade fair concept covers all transport systems and is aimed at the electronics supply industry. For the first time it offered a platform for interdisciplinary exchange to exhibitors and trade visitors from the railway, commercial vehicle and automotive sectors. The exhibitor portfolio of the first event offered trade visitors a wide range of products and services that covered all sectors of the industry. In addition to world market leaders such as Knorr-Bremse or CRRC, numerous medium-sized companies such as KUKA or INOVA Semiconductors presented how their products are actively contributing to the transformation of mobility. The fair was also enriched by creative impulses from up-and-coming start-ups. For Andreas Wagner, President of the German branch of Mitsubishi Electric Europe, MES Expo offered added value, especially with regard to intermodal transport solutions: “When we think about mobility, we believe that it should be seamless and intermodal in the future, and in particular that it must offer added value for users. The MES Expo reflects this trend very well and clearly illustrates the change in mobility”.
InnoTrans as the world’s largest trade fair for rail transport technology offers you numerous opportunities to stand out from your competitors and to achieve the greatest possible advertising impact.
In addition to the media package, which covers the catalog entry in the print and online catalog, you can make use of various presentation and communication options. For example, you can use impressive indoor and outdoor advertising space, make the press more aware of your company and your products, or present yourself in the Speakers’ Corner with a specialist lecture.
In the Interiors segment, around 15,000 m² of gross hall space, in addition to the product areas of vehicle equipment, interior fittings and design, the focus is also on travel catering & comfort services . This independent subject area combines products and services related to catering facilities and services in rail travel. After all, in the competition with car, bus and air traffic, comfort on board is an important criterion for attracting (business) travelers to the train. Passengers should be able to enjoy every part of their train journey.
Whether local transport or long-haul, a high-quality and balanced range of food and drinks as well as excellent service for rail customers play a decisive role.
A driving force, innovation platform and international stage for the industry 153,421 trade visitors from 149 countries 3,062 exhibitors from 60 countries 26 exhibiting transport companies 155 world debuts Successful debut of the Onboard Hospitality Forum 155 rail vehicles on the Outdoor Display incl. 10 electric buses on the Bus Display Decision makers: 75.1% of the trade visitors. 95.3% of the exhibitors intend to participate again* 88.4% confirm (very) high synergy effects of InnoTrans through contacts with representatives of various railway technology sub-sectors.
InnoTrans has become established as the international industry platform for buyers and sellers of passenger and freight transport technology. Sub-divided into five segments InnoTrans occupies all 41 halls available at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. The Outdoor Display with its comprehensive 3,500 meter track system is a unique feature just outside the exhibition halls: exhibits include multiple unit trains, locomotives, freight vehicles, trams, construction and two-way vehicles. In a Bus Display in the Sommergarten vehicle manufacturers present buses in a Static Display as well as in operation on the adjacent 500 meter Demonstration Course. InnoTrans is where inspiring innovations and ground-breaking world debuts have been adding a valuable driving force to the global rail industry. And this is reflected in the steadily increasing exhibition area and the growing numbers of trade visitors and first-time exhibitors.
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